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" Must a government of necessity be too strong for the liberties of its own people, or too weak to maintain its own existence? "
Life of Abraham Lincoln, Sixteenth President of the United States ... - Page 122
by Frank Crosby - 1865 - 476 pages
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Lincoln on Lincoln

Paul M. Zall - Biography & Autobiography - 2003 - 216 pages
...their Government, and thus practically put an end to free government upon the earth. It forces us to ask: "Is there, in all republics, this inherent, and...government, of necessity, be too strong for the liberties of it's own people, or too weak to maintain it's own existence?" So viewing the issue, the administration...
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War and Press Freedom: The Problem of Prerogative Power

Jeffery A. Smith - History - 1999 - 336 pages
..."liberty" meant. In his 1941 Jackson Day address he quoted Lincoln's question to Congress in 1861: " 'Must a government, of necessity, be too strong for...people, or too weak to maintain its own existence?' " "Lincoln answered that question as Jackson had answered it — not by words, but by deeds," Roosevelt...
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The Cambridge History of American Literature: Volume 4, Nineteenth-Century ...

Cyrus R. K. Patell - Literary Criticism - 1994 - 562 pages
...Southern states puts this very possibility into question, as though such "a government of necessity [must] be too strong for the liberties of its own people, or too weak to maintain its own existence." Whitman takes up these matters of political theory in his tract "The 18th Presidency!" which opens:...
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A Great Civil War: A Military and Political History, 1861-1865

Russell Frank Weigley - History - 2000 - 612 pages
...up their Government, and thns practically put an end to free government upon earth. It forces us to ask: "Is there, in all republics, this inherent, and...of its own people, or too weak to maintain its own existence?"6l After a lengthy discussion of the constitutional issue of secession, Lincoln returned...
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A New Birth of Freedom: Abraham Lincoln and the Coming of the Civil War

Harry V. Jaffa - History - 2004 - 576 pages
...can, or cannot, maintain its territorial integrity, against its own domestic foes. ... It forces us to ask: "Is there, in all republics, this inherent and...of its own people, or too weak to maintain its own existence?"1 The epigraph is taken from The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, ed. Roy P. Basler (New...
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On Hallowed Ground: Abraham Lincoln and the Foundations of American History

John P. Diggins - History - 2000 - 330 pages
...naming Madison, quoted him on the possibility of an "inherent and fatal weakness" in all republics. "Must a government, of necessity, be too strong for...people, or too weak to maintain its own existence?" The secession crisis dramatized the failure of the Enlightenment to come forth with knowledge as an...
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Lincoln's Sacred Effort: Defining Religion's Role in American Self-government

Lucas E. Morel - History - 2000 - 251 pages
...drive out the visible authority of the Federal Union, and thus force it to immediate dissolution. Also, "So viewing the issue, no choice was left but to call...the war power of the Government; and so to resist force, employed for its destruction, by force, for its preservation." Finally, "It was with deepest...
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Crime and Justice at the Millennium: Essays by and in Honor of Marvin E ...

Marvin Eugene Wolfgang - Law - 2002 - 404 pages
...police and the courts are designed to protect and maintain. Lincoln asked the question succinctly: "Must a government of necessity be too strong for...people, or too weak to maintain its own existence?" I trust that our nation is sufficiently sensitive to the liberties of all to listen and to act, and...
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Myths in Stone: Religious Dimensions of Washington, D.C., Part 3

Jeffrey F. Meyer - Religion - 2001 - 354 pages
...a question between power and liberty."28 Lincoln would pose the same question seventy years later: "Must a government, of necessity, be too strong for...of its own people, or too weak to maintain its own existence?"29 The issue has remained a subject of debate throughout American history. John Adams and...
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The Politics of Moral Capital

John Kane, Professor of Politics and Public Policy John Kane - Philosophy - 2001 - 277 pages
...government so dedicated could long exist on the earth. "Must a government, of necessity," he asked, "be too strong for the liberties of its own people, or too weak to maintain its own existence?" It had been shown that popular government could be established and administered, but the war was the...
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